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HousingPEOPLE September 2014

AHI HousingPEOPLE Newsletter
September 2014
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Australasian Housing Institute

The AHI Event Portal provides you with information about our workshops, seminars and events designed to promote and develop a skilled and professional sector.
Upcoming AHI Events:
Stock Transfer Professional Practice Seminar
Monday, 13 Oct 2014 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Adelaide - SA
Building Resilience Workshop
Monday, 20 Oct 2014 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Melbourne - VIC
Working with Complex and Demanding Clients Workshop
Monday, 20 Oct 2014 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Darwin - NT
Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Workshop
Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Melbourne - VIC
Working with clients who have drug and/or alcohol dependency Workshop
Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Darwin - NT
Networking Breakfast with Minister Matt Conlan
Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Darwin - NT
Asset Management Professional Practice Seminar
Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Brisbane - QLD

Indigenous Housing Professional Practice Seminar
Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Sydney - NSW
Leadership Awareness
Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Sydney - NSW
Working with Complex and Demanding Clients
Monday, 24 Nov 2014 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Alice Springs - NT
Working with clients who have drug and/or alcohol dependency
Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Alice Springs - NT
AHI Annual General Meeting
Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sydney - NSW

Professional Development Guide

Please, download the AHI's Professional Development Guide which contains a wide range of professional development opportunities, from traditional one-day workshops to more complex networking seminars and master classes.  

Issue: September 2014

Welcome to the September edition of the HousingPEOPLE newsletter. This month there are great opportunities to actively participate and contribute to the  development of your professional community. The Australasian Housing Institute calls for nominations to join Branch Committees in different jurisdictions and also to lead your professional association by joining the Board of Directors. 

Member News

Call for nominations to the AHI Board of Directors 

The Australasian Housing Institute requires excellent and committed leadership to ensure the Institute is a strong and effective organisation with sufficient representation all over Australasia. We are now calling for nominations to the AHI Board of Directors. We are seeking enthusiastic, energetic and committed people from the industry to develop our professional association together. If you feel that you can contribute – please nominate to become a part of the team.  
Nominate to the Board of Directors

Past Events

Partnerships to Support Social Housing Tenants Professional Practice Seminar

On the 27th August a group of social housing professionals from across Australia and New Zealand gathered in Sydney to explore partnership options between housing providers and support and community services.
Delegates benefitted from presentations from Junction & Women’s Housing, Bridge Housing, St George Community Housing, Neami Way2Home, Homelessness NSW, Horizon Housing and Compass Housing Services, with the seminar culminating in a round table discussion focused on critical success factors for partnership arrangements.
Silver Sponsor: 
It was extremely pleasing to note the industry networks that strengthen as a result of these seminars, with delegates from Housing New Zealand Corporation extending their stay to visit with attending Australian housing providers the day after the seminar.
The Australasian Housing Institute extends sincere thanks to Silver Sponsor Compass Housing Services, speakers and delegates for contributing to make this event a success.

Upcoming AHI Professional Practice Seminars

Stock Transfer Professional Practice Seminar, 13 October 2014, Adelaide

The Institute is pleased to announce that following numerous requests from the industry the 2nd Stock Transfer Professional Practice Seminar will be held in Adelaide on the 13th October 2014
With transfers of social housing to community housing providers gathering momentum in Australia, this seminar provides timely opportunity to take stock of stock transfer process, past, present and future. The Adelaide seminar seeks to explore

  • where Australian stock transfer has been successful and where improvements could be made
  • forms and scale of stock transfer predicted across Australia
  • good practice principles of larger-scale stock transfer
  • stock transfer challenges and concerns – e.g. process issues, viability, asset management, impacts for tenants transferred.
A 25% Early Bird discount is available until 30 September 2014.
Seminar Silver Sponsors:

Asset Management Professional Practice Seminar29 October 2014, Brisbane

Two successful Asset Management Seminars were held in Sydney and Perth and following numerous requests from the industry we are excited to announce that the third Asset Management Seminar will be held in Brisbane on 29th October 2014. The full program will be available soon, however registrations are now open and a 25% Early Bird discount is available until 30 September 2014.
Gold Sponsor:                          Silver Sponsor:
Indigenous Housing, 18 November 2014, Sydney
This seminar aims to provide opportunity for social housing professionals to explore culturally specific service and management practices required to respond to the needs of Indigenous clients for sustainable housing outcomes. Registrations will be open soon!
The NSW Aboriginal Housing Office are involved in assisting to develop the program and contribute to sessions, and the AHI also welcomes interest from industry practitioners and Indigenous housing specialists and researchers to contribute to this seminar. To express interest as a speaker, please email Donella Roberts.

AHI Networking Events

Networking Breakfast with the Hon Matt Conlan, Minister for Housing NT

It is our great pleasure to announce that the Hon Matt Conlan Minister for Housing NT has generously accepted our invitation to speak at the AHI networking breakfast in Darwin. The Minister has agreed to speak about his vision for social housing in the Northern Territory. Join us to meet the industry leader, catch up with your friends and colleagues, share your insights and of course enjoy a delicious breakfast.

An Early Bird 50% discount is available to all AHI members in the Northern Territory. Enjoy a fabulous breakfast for only $30! This Early Bird offer is available only until Friday, 26th September 2014Register on-line
GOLD SPONSOR:       Silver Sponsor:

AHI Workshops

In October and November 2014 the AHI will run our traditional Service Delivery Workshops for Housing Professionals in Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin and Alice Springs. These workshops are aimed at professionals whose work involves direct contact with clients. Traditionally AHI workshops are designed for people working in housing related areas, but professionals from other sectors such as homelessness, social workers and client service staff of other organisations will benefit from attending our workshops.


Leadership Awareness, Wednesday, 19 November 2014, Sydney
This one-day course is designed for anyone in a management or supervisory role that is keen to improve their leadership effectiveness and aims to encourage participants to reflect on and explore their leadership approach and style and identify opportunities to maximise leadership effectiveness. 


Building Resilience, Monday, 20 October 2014, Melbourne
Building Resilience is a one-day workshop designed to develop worker coping and sustainability. The participant will be able to understand the importance of resilience for sustainability. This will review models and strategies for coping with a complex and demanding client group in an uncertain social and political context. 
Conflict Resolution Fundamentals, Tuesday, 21 October 2014, Melbourne
This one-day workshop presents an enjoyable review of conflict and relevanttheories, as applied to individuals and also groups. Training will reviewsolutions, inclusive of communicative processes, the development of mutual goals, win-win situations via negotiation and the management of our ownanxieties in such situations.

Darwin and Alice Springs

Working with Complex and Demanding Clients,
Monday, 20 October 2014, Darwin

Monday, 24 November 2014, Alice Springs
Housing, community and health personnel work with clients who may experience serious mental health problems, substance abuse dependency, relationship conflict, family dysfunction and/or disordered personality. This one-day workshop aims to assist people in delivering quality client services to those whose situations are complex and whose behaviour is, at times, demanding and challenging. 
Working with clients who have drug and/or alcohol dependency 
Tuesday, 21 October 2014, Darwin

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, Alice Springs
At times, housing and support staff work with clients who are experiencing substance abuse dependency. During this one-day workshop participants will explore the issues of working more effectively with clients who are experiencing substance abuse dependency. The aim is to share and then try out different approaches and ideas that may be of help. 

Housing Jobs

Social Housing Business Consultant, Northgate Public Services, Sydney CBD location 

Northgate Public Services is a fast growing public service business based in Australia, New Zealand, North America and the UK. We deliver services and solutions to public service organisations and work in partnership with our customers to add public value and improve the lives of people in the community. Owing to exciting new projects, we are expanding and seeking motivated and enthusiastic people to join our team in Australia. Ideally you will have experience in the not for profit, community housing or social housing sectors, providing advice, support and solutions to a variety of stakeholders. Read more

Industry Events


  • Making Social Housing Work CHFV Forum, 8 October 2014, Melbourne. In Victoria today, one in seven people cannot afford their housing costs – a figure expected to rise without some dramatic action. That is why seven peak bodies in Victoria concerned with housing and homelessness are convening this high profile public forum where a panel of experts, commentators and key decision makers on housing will debate just what can and should be done to halt Victoria’s growing crisis in rental housing affordability and to make social housing work.
  • IPWEA Asset Management for Buildings Workshops. September - November around Australia. 
  • The Australasian Housing Researchers Conference 2015 'Housing Futures, Transforming Living, Changing Lives', 18-20 February 2015, University of Tasmania, Hobart. The Australasian Housing Researchers conference is an important conference for all housing researchers. It provides an essential opportunity for housing researchers internationally to exchange their theoretical and empirical research and engage with colleagues across a wide range of disciplines, and from academic, government and non-government sectors. It is open to all researchers concerned with housing affordability and homelessness, housing policy and planning, housing economics, housing sustainability, and regional, national and international housing markets. As well as established researchers, the input and participation of early career researchers is especially welcome. Call for papers. Organisers invite both theoretical and policy oriented papers from across the social sciences that explore the complex social, economic and political issues in housing today and what these mean for our housing futures. Please note that the Abstract submission deadline is 1 October 2014. Read more
  • National Housing Conference 2015, 28 October 2015- 30 October 2015, Perth. The next National Housing Conference will be convened in Perth by AHURI in partnership with the Western Australia Department of Housing.
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